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NSW government provides welcome relief to indie brewers – Today NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro announced welcome support for NSW independent brewers by providing financial assistance to the Independent Brewers Association (IBA) to implement a range of measures that aim to pave the way for recovery. Mr Barilaro revealed $135,000 would contribute to the cost of memberships for the 120 independent breweries in NSW for a year and $60,000 would go to a partnership associated with the IBA’s annual conference BrewCon in November. “This strong partnership with the NSW government is crucial for the health of our industry and it is the first step toward recovery for NSW breweries and their employees”, said Peter Philip, IBA chair and founder of Wayward Brewing Company. The NSW Government is also asking the Federal government to provide tailored responses for the industry, including modifying the small brewer excise refund scheme and developing a national strategy for the independent beer industry.

Amazon Australia launches online beer store – Beer from the likes of 4 Pines, Young Henrys, Yullis and Stomping Ground can now be purchased online at Amazon.com.au. Matt Furlong, Amazon Australia Country Manager said: “We’re excited to bring customers our new Wine, Beer and Spirits store, featuring a range of much-loved local and international brands. Customers will be able to experience the convenience of ordering their favourite wine, beer or spirits alongside all the other products available on Amazon.com.au from household essentials, fashion and beauty, through to video games and books.” Over 370 beer options and 32 ciders, from the likes of Hillbilly and Colonial Brewing Co, are available for purchase.

Dollar Bill launches Rare Oak Society – As the Ballarat-based brewer and blender readies for its cellar door launch later this year, it is currently inviting people to join their Rare Oak Society. The club will feature exclusive releases, discounts, and even an annual magnum release delivered to your door. Co-founder Ed Nolle said it’s a great opportunity for Dollar Bill to share the exciting beer that’s waiting in ex-wine and spirit barrels. “I’m looking forward to unleashing these beers to the public. We’ve been tasting, blending and ageing for so long that it really feels like we are bringing people into our home with this club. It’s a reflection of what our cellar will be when we finally open to the world.” There are only 200 spots available in the club. Cost is $325 and members will receive four shipments each year. Sign ups are open now.

OneCircle announce partnership with Vinpac International – OneCircle, the global leader in PET kegs, has announced a new commercial partnership with Australia’s Vinpac International, who is part of the Endeavour Group. The partnership sees Vinpac become the first official reseller of OneCircle’s KeyKeg, UniKeg and accessories in Australia. James Vallance, commercial manager at Vinpac, said: “(The) announcement is an exciting growth opportunity for our business, and it means that our customers can access a premium quality packaging product which also has very strong sustainability credentials.”

The Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival fires up – Tasmania’s Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival is back and this year will be firing up from home via a live Facebook feed on Saturday 11 July. Festival director and Willie Smith’s Cider Makers co-founder Sam Reid said: “We couldn’t let Winter pass without our traditional wassail to the apple trees to bless the coming harvest – and of course, all the festivities surrounding it. We’re stoked to be bringing Mid-Winter into the homes of festival-goers around the county – bringing our community together once more.” All the much-loved traditions will be back over a packed two hours including the wassail, Tasmanian folk-funk music acts, the often hilarious costume competition, Tassie’s best storytellers as well as the burning of the effigy ‘Big Willie’. Revellers won’t have to miss out on their iconic festival tipple either, with Willie Smith’s Famous Hot Spiced Cider make at home kits available here. The festival will go live at 6.30pm AEST on Saturday 11 July via Facebook @HVmidwinterfest.

Colonial Brewing revert to standard can opening – Colonial Brewing Co have said the American supplier off their iconic full tear-off lid have stopped production and that they will revert to a standard can opening until they can locate another source. Head of brewing Ash Hazell said: “This is a bump in the road which we are working to solve as quickly as possible. Whilst we’re sad to see the end of the full tear off lids for now, it’s also an opportunity to switch to glassware that will help showcase the beer even better. Our hop focused Small, Pale, IPA and South West Sour are best served in a tulip-shaped glass that traps in hop aroma. The cleaner flavour profiles of Draught and Bertie Cider however are best enjoyed from a straight sided or fluted glass.”

Three Greens Brewing and Autonomy Distillers release hand sanitiser – Victorian companies Three Greens Brewing and Autonomy Distillers have teamed up to produce a limited release of a WHO-based formula hand sanitiser. Using the beer making process of grain fermentation with yeast, the team prepared the wash at Three Greens’ facilities then distilled it at Autonomy’s. The gel was made from scratch mixing peroxide and glycerine. Nick Copland, founder and CEO of Three Greens, said: “With this hand sanitiser, we wanted to be able to offer a hand crafted product to our loyal followers and everyone in our community as a way for them to stay safe, and help our producers and famers in a small way.” The limited release series is available via Three Greens’ website as a standalone purchase or comes free with every order over $80. It’s also for sale on Autonomy’s online shop.

Something BAD is coming to Bayside this Saturday – Bad Shepherd Brewing are launching their new Peanut Butter and Jam barrel-aged Porter in a secret location this Saturday. The pop-up’s location will be announced via their social channels 30 minutes prior to the 11.30am launch. It will be a strictly “stay-in-your-car” socially distanced event with live music from Jamé Forbes and free hot jam doughnuts from Dandee Donuts. Bad Shepherd will be serving up their PB&J porter plus returning favourite Peanut Butter Porter. Maximum purchases will be in place.

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